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How to Make an Electrical Wire Splice Connection

I changed a ceiling light fixture in the dining area, and it works, but now the ceiling light in the living room and hallway don’t work…

Electrical Question from Leigh about Electrical Wire Splice
Background: Leigh, a Homeowner from Portland Oregon
Question: I changed a ceiling light fixture in the dining area, and it works, but now the ceiling light in the living room and hallway don’t work. These lights are all connected to the same circuit.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Leigh. Double check the connections that have been made when the new light fixture was installed. Make sure that where the connections are made that the length of insulation that is removed will provide adequate contact and that the connections are lined up evenly. Giving a twist to the wire group with a pair of pliers and then trimming off the excess tips of wire  at the top of the group. The group is now prepared to be secured by installing the correct size wire connector. Bare wire should not be exposed at the under side area of the wire connector.

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